“How do you explain Interior Design to a 6 year old boy?”
That is the question.
I’ve posted the same question and a link to this (evolving) article on LinkedIn. You can take the question literally if you wish. As a reward I will link back to you from this page for any noteworthy (good or bad!) answers that I might paraphrase for the sake of brevity. The more ‘sensibly’ creative your answer the more likely I will include you and your answer. Go create.
Designcouncil.org.uk describes interior design as “Interior design isn’t just about home decoration. It is concerned with creating functional and beautiful to look at interior spaces in all sorts of places including houses, public buildings and commercial properties such as shops, restaurants, leisure venues and offices. Interior design can also be applied to temporary environments, whether that’s pop-up shops that are in existence for just a few months at a time, or show homes and exhibition stands that may simply last days. Anything that has an interior can be designed, redesigned or refurbished.”
Whereas Wikipedia suggests: “… a group of various yet related projects that involve turning an interior space into an ‘effective setting for the range of human activities’ that are to take place there”
Rebecca at RHA Interiors: “[if all else]…fails I always go for the football analogy, ‘why choose red over blue?’”
Terry Maurer makes interesting comments noting that kids are increasingly influencers in the interior design purchasing and commissioning process in families.
Mark Randall at 1901 Design would ask the boy to learn what interior design means by “doing” And the boy would be asked to create his perfect den. Sharon Kaper suggests a similar “show-and-tell” approach.
Mike Major suggests it should be no different to explaining it to a potential client.
- Interior Designers – Where are my customers? (kothea.com)
- Interior Designer (kothea.com)
- Interior Designers and their financially lucrative ‘bit on the side’ (kothea.com)